For those of you who know me, you know that I’m always busy doing something. I design and manage my own site, blog, Facebook fan page, Twitter, Instagram, fan fiction, self-publishing industry and life. It sounds like a lot of work, and it is. My iPhone is like the equivalent of a Mini Corporation and my computer is the headquarters of my operations. How on earth do I keep it all together?
Yes. I, alone, have probably put one of the Post It inventor’s decedents through college. Still waiting on my thank you card by the way! For me a littered wall of Post Its is a well organized mess of story plots, to do lists, chapter outlines and key details that I need to remember. For some of you this sounds like a waste of time, for me it's a lifesaver. There's nothing complicated about it.
As a writer’s work often comes and goes in waves. Sometimes I’m researching, sometimes I’m writing and most of the time I’m trying my hardest not to be pulled into the distraction that is social media. We have all suffered from getting lost down the rabbit whole of the internet. One minute you’re checking and e-mail the next thing you know it’s an hour later and you’re watching a tabby cat parody of Orange is The New Black on Youtube. Yes this is exists.
When you work for yourself, you work alone and there's no one to impress (apart from my readers of course). So if I slack off there’s no one around to reprimand me for my lack of actions. The underlining point here is that this entire project rest solely on my motivation to do it. So I’m always distracted by my projects, my research, my next story, my current story, my art project, whatever show I’m binge watching or whatever wall I’m staring at.
Without my Post Its, I'd be lost, searching through emails to find ideas, forgetting about crucial blog topics, website links, conversations, and not to forget that I'd have little bits and pieces of paper all over my desk. Not that I don’t already do, the only difference is that all these little bits and pieces of paper can be stuck to the wall and be kept out of my work space. I love Post Its.
As a writer, I’m always aiming to complete a certain number of pages a day, or a certain amount of projects. Many people envy those of us that work from home however it's not as easy as it seems. You really need willpower to make it work. But let’s keep in mind that I don’t really work from home. I have a full time job that pays the bills then I come home and start working on my writing gig.
Working for yourself is unlike working in an office environment you can become easily distracted with daily chores. I'm lucky as I have a boyfriend who helps with the daily chores. I don’t know what I would do without him. Recently we’ve made the decision that the 2nd bedroom in the new apartment will be my new office which is exciting to me. I’ve never had an office before. The thought of it makes me giddy with anticipation.
Unlike other women who would be thinking about the possibility of filling that 2nd room with a child I am thinking of the possibility of wall space, book shelves a bigger desk. How many less distractions I’ll have, how much more writing time I’ll be able to have. As of right now my little computer sits in the middle of the living room in our tiny one bedroom apartment. I am in the midst of all chaos. Constantly distracted but in an office of my very own? I would have a spot where I could just sit down and be in work mode. And think of all the Post It space! It’s enough to make a girl drool.
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